March 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 18th-ranked Vanderbilt men's tennis team returns to Nashville after four-matches on the road, for its final non-conference contest of the year against Ball State. The Commodores went 3-1 on their road trip, including opening conference play last weekend with wins at Arkansas and LSU.
Vanderbilt (10-2) is off to its best start in nine seasons under head coach Ian Duvenhage. With a win against Ball State, Duvenhage will reach 100 career wins at Vanderbilt. He currently has a career coaching record of 451-275, in 27 seasons.
Junior Gonzales Austin returns to the friendly confines of the Currey Tennis Center after reaching the 20 win mark last weekend in conference play. The 15th-ranked singles player in the country has posted a 20-5 overall record, while putting up an 8-1 record in dual play. Austin has also notched eight wins against ranked opponents in ten matches.
Redshirt senior Ryan Lipman returned to the ITA singles rankings while on the road. The Nashville native comes home as the No. 122 player in the country, and is currently riding a six-match win streak.
New individual and team rankings will be released next Tuesday, March 11.
Along with Austin and Lipman four other Commodores got off to a perfect start in conference play last weekend.
Vanderbilt is 8-2 in non-conference matches this season, including a 7-1 record while playing at the Currey Tennis Center. It's lone home loss of the season came against the University of Texas which now sits at No. 7 in the ITA team rankings.
Ball State comes in to Nashville with a 5-5 overall record but is coming off a shutout win over Anderson University. The Cardinals have faced only one ranked opponent this season in No. 10 Notre Dame, and suffered a 4-0 loss.
Ball State's Patrick Elliot and Andrew Stutz are both coming off receiving Mid-American Conference weekly honors. Elliot was named MAC Singles Player of the Week, while Elliot and Stutz were together named the MAC Doubles Team of the Week.
Following Friday's match against the Cardinals its back to SEC play for the Commodores as they welcome in 8th-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday, March 9 at noon. As always, admission to the Currey Tennis Center is free to all fans.